undo, redo and repeat
A Tanzfonds Erbe Project
Christina Ciupke and Anna Till
The project undo, redo and repeat investigates five artistic positions from 20th century dance, mirrored by those who curate, program, remember, and administer it and also keep it alive by spreading the word.
Christina Ciupke and Anna Till question to what extend the knowledge of former dances by Mary Wigman, Kurt Jooss, Dore Hoyer, Pina Bausch and William Forsythe have had on us. In what ways and by what means is dance history written and disseminated by those people whose specific knowledge is then passed on to others? What happens in the spaces in between these processes of passing on knowledge? What gaps occur, and how do they make space for new influences?
Irene Sieben, Reinhild Hoffmann, Martin Nachbar, Thomas McManus, and others have been invited to reflect, in their own way, upon their position towards dance history. As contemporary witnesses and performers of the work they have already explored the legacy of the above mentioned choreographers by either being dancers or assistants for them. In undo, redo and repeat they become central figures in the transference of knowledge and experience as performers who have gone through the process of reconstructions of fragments of dance heritage. Christina Ciupke and Anna Till want to find out how exactly they keep their knowledge of choreographic approaches so vivid that they can pass it on to others. This knowledge is personal. It is not cataloged in an archive or a library. It is fragile and is based on memories that are subject to constant changes.
In another step the contemporary witnesses pass on a physical memory to Christina Ciupke and Anna Till - a movement sequence, a movement principal or parts of a dance. Through the process of passing on and an actual reflection on it, each choreographic fragment of the past enters a dialogue with the present.
Within the project a performance, an exhibition and a website was created, which can be presented together or speratly from eachother.
Artistic Direction/ Concept/ Performance: Christina Ciupke and Anna Till
Witnesses: Irene Sieben, Reinhild Hoffmann, Martin Nachbar, Thomas McManus u.a.
Academic Support: Lina Lindheimer
Dramaturgical Advice: Igor Dobricic
Light Design/ Technical Direction: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
Video Documentation: Andrea Keiz
Website Design / Installation Design: Katrin Schoof
Media Support : Lotte Chabrowski
Assistance: Anne Schuh
Production Management: Barbara Greiner
Funded by Tanzfonds Erbe - An initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department
Premiere: 2 May 2014, 8.00 p.m. SOPHIENÆLE, Berlin
further shows 3 and 4 May 2014, 8.00 p.m.
Installation: 16 May 2014, 7.00 p.m. Opening at Heidelberger Kunstverein
Duration: 17 may - 3 august 2014
More info under www.undo-redo-repeat.de
Project documentation on official site of Tanzfonds Erbe: http://www.tanzfonds.de/de/projekte/christina-ciupke-anna-till